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Arbaeen’ A peace walk from Najaf to Karbala

Masroor Zaidi

Arbaeen is an arabic numeral word that literally means forty, and in the term is called a day of remembrance of one’s death after forty days. In Urdu it is called Chelum. For this reason, arbaeen is observed every year forty days after Ashura. Its purpose is to commemorate the martyrdom of the beloved grandson of the holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) of Islam, Imam Hussein Ibn Ali (as), on the twentieth day of the month Safar. Imam Hussein (AS) and his associates were martyred in the battlefield of Karbala by the army of Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah in the year 61 AH. Karbala is a city located in Iraq holds a meeting and mourning on arbaeen. This remains the largest human gathering in the world.

It is estimated that on the occasion of chehlum, more than 200 millions pilgrims, including women and children, reach Karbala.. It is recorded in the history that first pilgrim to Karbala was Jabir bin Abdullah Ansari a companion of the Holy Prophet who, on 2th Safar 61 AH reached Karbala from Madina to pay homage to the sacred grave of Imam Husayn. (Shaykh Tusi, Misbahul Mutahajjid) On arbaeen, not only muslims but also people from sikhism, chritianity along with other religions reached Karbala to pay homage to Imam Hussain (a.s). Feeling the sadness and sorrow of the Prophet family, Pilgrims visit Karbala from Najaf on foot. This distance between cities takes two to three days.

Hundreds of temporary tents are set up by volunteers along the route. Where they are always there to serve visitors. Every need i.e eating, drinking and resting in addition to warm water are paid for by volunteers. They want the reward only from their Lord for hosting these traveling guests. Pilgrims despite every threat of terrorism nowadays in Iraq, still gather in Karbala. They believe that the one who saves from killing is greater than the killers. This journey of love on arbaeen has been around for centuries in remembrance of the Prophet’s family’s sacrifice and will remain too. of Yazid ibn Mu’awiyah in the year 60 AH.

In the memory of the Karbala martyr who saved Islam, the city is expected to hold a meeting and mourning. The Iraqi city of Karbala is the largest human gathering in the world. It is estimated that on the occasion of chehlum, more than 200 millions pilgrims, including women and children, arrive in Karbala to remember martyrs.

Jabir bin Abdullah Ansari a companion of the Holy Prophet on 2th Safar 61 AH came from Madina to Karbala to pay homage to the sacred grave of Imam Husayn and he was the first person who performed homage to the grave of the Imam.
(Shaykh Tusi, Misbahul Mutahajjid)

On arbaeen, not only muslims but also people from sikhism, chritianity along with other religions reached Karbala to pay homage to Imam Hussain (a.s).

Feeling the sadness and sorrow of the Prophet family. pilgrims visit Karbala from Najaf on foot. This distance between cities takes two to three days.

From Najaf to Karbala, hundreds of encampments or temporary tents are set up by volunteers along the route. Where they are always there to serve visitors. The process of eating, drinking and resting in addition to warm water is paid for by volunteers. They want the reward only from their Lord for hosting these traveling guests.

Nowadays despite every threat of terrorism, visitors still gather in Karbala . They believe that the one who saves from killing is greater than the killers..
This journey of love on arbaeen has been around for centuries in remembrance of the Prophet’s family’s sacrifice.

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